CROOKSTOWN, MN (KVLY/KXJB/CNN) - What would you do if you found $700? That's the question a Minnesota woman faced after stumbling upon some cash in a shopping cart.
Abbey Machado went shopping at the Crookston, MN, Walmart on Sunday and found something unexpected in the parking lot.
"We were putting the groceries in the car and came across an empty cart and in the cart there was a purse in there. I looked around and there was nobody there," she said.
Machado looked at the ID in the purse, made a phone call and found the owner, Jennifer Elseth, an Illinois woman. Elseth has been staying in Crookston with relatives, helping care for her sick father-in-law. It turns out there was $700 in the purse.
"I didn't count it, but there was quite a bit. It was kind of spread out between the piles of gift cards and what not. But her ID was on top, so I didn't have to dig too far," Machado said. "It wasn't my money to take. She called up last night and said she was extremely, extremely thankful, grateful."
Elseth declined to appear on camera because she was not feeling well. Jennifer is also dealing with other problems.
Without even realizing it, Machaso provided a bright spot in Elseth's life.
"Yeah, I believe in karma. Good and bad. If you do good to people, good comes back at you."
Machado works as a nurse at the Grand Forks Air Force Base, and the city of Crookston gave her a certificate of appreciation.
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